Interiors – minimalistic. Mood – casual. Setting – café. Beverage – beer.
Wait a minute. Did you just read beer and café in the same sentence? Well, yes. That’s because the folks at The Beer Café are out there to do just that. They’re taking the casual mood and setting of “Beer-ing” from off the streets and in the cars, to a beautiful and sophisticated setting, where you can enjoy your froth-trickling, golden mugs and pints.
Changing the face of beer-ing
The idea behind this 29 outlet strong, pan-India chain, is to give the beer culture a face lift. Thinking about it, our country has never really been a beer country to begin with. But it does have a large number of consumers (thanks to its easy availability and non-pretentious personality).
The Beer Café plans to tap this lot of loyals, and give them a nice place with a casual ambience where they can also read books, play musical instruments or board games or just unwind with their group.
Whatever your favourite brew – draught, craft, wheat (light and dark), Indian or international, local brews or branded pints, The Beer Café stocks and supplies it all.
What’s more, the ever-on-their-toes staff are more than happy to help you to make your experience a great one in all ways possible. Here’s something that I witnessed in person: when asked for suggestions, my guest was served with a few sliders, along with a brief information on each variant. He gladly settled in for a mug of Erdinger (INR 675) and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Beer and beyond
And in case you happen to be at the airport and aren’t a beer person, worry not. The Beer Café does have an elaborate drinks menu too, that speaks of premium and imported whiskeys, vodkas and much more. The cocktails section gives tough competition to the former variant when it comes to the variety in offering – there is a mix of gin-based, beer-based, rum-based cocktails and shooters, to name a few.
Not just that, true to their location (the International airport) and their genre (café), the place also serves a brief all-day breakfast and drinks menu that includes the likes of Lassi (sweet/salty buttermilk), juices, milkshakes and smoothies.
The eatables include a limited but mixed spread from intercontinental to Indian, from plain Jane french fries to the rich Dal Makhani. Though fair on proportions and presentation, taste-wise, the food that I ordered was unimpressive as compared to the drinks.
My glass of Sweet Pepper (a beer-based cocktail with black pepper, beer, strawberry and grape topped with lime wedges – INR 375) far exceeded the enjoyment I received from my bites of Chit Chat Bruschetta (INR 295). Despite its crispy base and a decent layer of cheese, the dish was quite bland and definitely not the best that I’ve had. The Spanish Omelette (with toast – INR 225) also tasted quite ordinary, and was nothing different from a banal home preparation of the same. To my taste, the hash brown on the side was far better.
My take- don’t skip the drinks! And ignore lack of exceptional food. The next time that you’re at the Airport (T2 Terminal) and wish to skip the hustle-bustle of travelers and the frenzy of flights do visit this (modern) tavern of calm, where you can comfortably slip into a warm and casual ambiance and simply chill over your mug or pint of liquid gold.